Nissan's next Murano unveiled

Nissan debuts the third incarnation of its flagship SUV - the new Murano. Check out gallery images of the new crossover!

Car basketball? Dribbling while driving

Ever wanted to play basketball and drive? Watch as David Kalb dribbles while driving and manages to shoot a three-pointer!

'To hell with licence' protest

2012-11-22 10:20

ARRESTED FOR PROTEST PLANNING?: Fearing that the above would happen, Chinese authorities arrested Zhu Fu 4321 for planning a protest regarding the country's licence fee hikes.

kalahari.com

  • Chinese Culture

    Read all you need to know about the Chinese culture in this insightful title. Now R447.00


    buy now

 

BEIJING, China - Police in China have arrested a car owner for attempting to organise a campaign against rising vehicle licence fees. Shades of SA's toll roads?

The owner, identified by the online name Zhu Fu 4321, hoped for 100 cars to join a convoy in Guangdong province after the city proposed an annual fee equivalent to R580 for vehicles with up to nine seats.

The driver printed bumper stickers depicting a clenched fist and reading: "To hell with the annual fee" and "Say No to corruption!" China's Global Times reported that the protester was detained by the authorities.

'NO PARADE OR GATHERING'

No protest took place and the detention has raised concerns among lawyers, who state that the protester's arrest was not legal. Social media commenters have raised fears over curbs on civil liberties in one of South Africa's major trading partners.

Xie Jiajun, a lawyer in Guangdong, said: "The car owner shouldn't be detained as there was no parade or gathering."

Police in Yangjiang refused to comment when contacted by AFP. The car licence fee has yet to be approved or implemented.

The Nanfang Rural News identified the car owner as Zhu Fu 4321 and said the detention was for "inciting and planning illegal gatherings, protests marches and demonstrations and refusing to listen to warnings".

It added that Zhu Fu 4321's protest call came in October 2012 when police nationwide were told to quash all unrest ahead of the Communist Party congress in November 2012 which saw the start of a once-in-a-decade leadership handover.


NEXT ON WHEELS24X
Read more on:    communist party  |  china  |  licence  |  protest  |  car

Read Wheels24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside Wheels24

FEATURED COLUMNIST

300SL Roadster: An automotive Easter bunny

Wheels24 columnist DAVE FALL takes a light-hearted look at what he considers to be one of the best looking cars yet – a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. What would your 'dream car' be?

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.